Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett today announced $36 million for a helicopter for the Tasmanian Ambulance Service.
If re-elected the ALP has promised to spend $36 million over four years on a helicopter for the ambulance service. It will be staffed around the clock and based in Hobart.
The helicopter service is expected to be up and running within 18 months. Once operational it will need about 17 staff, paramedics and crew to operate it.
The Premier, David Bartlett made the announcement this morning with his deputy, Lara Giddings by his side. Ms Giddings insisted the new service will not make the current rescue helicopters redundant.
"The minute an emergency is called in, that helicopter can warm up and take off, right now, what happens is the helicopter is ready to go but we have to wait for a paramedic crew to turn up on site."
They also promised the Royal Flying Doctors Service (contracted to the Tasmanain Air Ambulance) based in Launceston will remain there.
Til then, be safe.